Hikind: Bradley to Review Pollard
The Jewish Week (NY) February 18, 2000 - Eric J. Greenberg
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said Tuesday he extracted a promise from
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley to review the case of
convicted spy Jonathan Pollard and take a public position before the
March 7 New York primary.
"He made a commitment. it was as clear as could be," Hikind said,
following an hour-long visit by Bradley and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-N.Y.) to the Orthodox Beth Jacob of Brooklyn, one of the largest
girls' yeshivas in the nation.
"He did not say maybe, he did not say he would try," asserted Hikind,
who confronted Bradley, after the ex-New Jersey Senator's short campaign
speech in the school's cafeteria before hundreds of eighth-graders and
community leaders. "I think this is something very, very new."
While the audience drifted out of the room Hikind told Bradley that by
supporting a pardon for Pollard - a former Navy intelligence analyst who
has served 15 years of a life sentence for spying on the United States
on behalf of Israel - Bradley would separate himself from other
But Bradley officials questioned the commitment to a decision by March
7. And in an interview with several reporters afterwards, Bradley did
not mention it.
"I haven't taken a position on it, and I think that the issue has to be
resolved when you can see the clemency report," which he said has not
been available to him.
In October, Bradley previously told Jewish leaders the Pollard issue
should not be addressed during the campaign.
Vice President Al Gore told a Borough Park group last month that Pollard
should be granted clemency only if the Justice Department recommends it
- an unlikely event.
GOP candidate John McCain firmly opposes granting Pollard clemency. A
spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition said he did not know Texas
Gov. George W. Bush's position.
Shame on McCain
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